Lowe, Mitsui Fudosan America Complete 492-Unit Apartment Project at Mixed-Use Redevelopment in D.C.

by John Nelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Lowe and joint venture partner Mitsui Fudosan America Inc. have completed Gallery 64, a 492-unit apartment building in southwest Washington, D.C. The 12-story project is the final piece of the 500,000-square-foot mixed-use redevelopment of the former Randall Junior High School, which includes the Rubell Museum DC that opened in October 2022.

“The focus and inspiration for the repositioned historic Randall School is arts and culture, which is expressed in every component of the campus, including the Gallery 64 apartments,” says Mark Rivers, executive vice president of Lowe. “With specially commissioned works of contemporary art showcased throughout the building, Gallery 64 residents will be immersed in a one-of-a-kind, arts- and culture-focused living environment.”

Located at 64 H Street SW, Gallery 64 features studios to three-bedroom apartments, as well as 19 two-story townhomes. The apartments feature contemporary finishes, floor-to-ceiling windows and smart thermostats, and many have private patios or balconies. Monthly rental rates range from $1,927 to $5,306, according to the property website.

Gallery 64’s community amenities include a music and podcast recording studio and a programmed maker space. Rooftop amenities include a resort-style pool, fire pits, grilling stations, dining niches and a dog walk. Other amenities include game lounge with shuffleboard and billiards, as well as fireplaces, a fitness center and a pet spa.

The project was LEED Platinum-certified with sustainable features including rooftop trees, a green roof and solar panel installation. Ground-level landscaping is designed without turf and with native vegetation for minimal water usage along with permeable surfaces and rainwater capture. Residences are fitted with Energy Star-rated appliances, smart lighting and HVAC controls, low-flow plumbing fixtures and in-unit water heaters.

Rubell Museum DC occupies two former buildings within the former Randall Junior High School. The 31,000-square-foot property displays artwork collected by the Rubell Family and is connected to Gallery 64 via a public courtyard.

The redevelopment of the former Randall Junior High School includes the Rubell Museum DC.

Construction of the project began in November 2020 with Balfour Beatty Construction serving as general contractor for Gallery 64 and The Christman Co. as the general contractor for the historic school buildings. Beyer Blinder Belle Architects was the architect for both buildings, and KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group collaborated on interior design.

Los Angeles-based Lowe, formerly known as Lowe Enterprises, is a national real estate investment, development and management firm. The company currently has more than $2.6 billion in commercial real estate projects in the pipeline or under development.

In addition to its Los Angeles headquarters, Lowe maintains regional offices in Southern California, Northern California, Charleston, Denver, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Lowe’s affordable housing subsidiary, Concord Communities, is actively developing and redeveloping quality affordable communities in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

Mitsui Fudosan America is the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s largest real estate company, Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd., a publicly traded company with approximately $67 billion of assets under management. The firm is responsible for Mitsui Fudosan’s real estate investment and development activities in North America, and is headquartered in New York, with branch offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Honolulu.

The company’s U.S. portfolio includes 9 million square feet of office space, 3.6 million square feet of office space under development, 3,700 residential apartments, 6,500 additional residential units under development, 350 condominiums and townhomes under development and 753 hotel rooms.

— John Nelson

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